Lakeview swamps Montgomery for first win of season

Lumbering Lakeview running back Kaleb Collins looks for a hole Friday as the Gators mauled Montgomery 33-6.

CAMPTI – Four different Lakeview players accounted for five touchdowns as the Gators swamped Montgomery 33-6 at home Friday.

The Gators (1-1) employed their athleticism against Montgomery’s spread offense as the Class 1A Tigers (0-2) were held under 100 offensive yards.

Lakeview piled on the first 26 points of the game as its defense set the tone. Linebackers C.J. Brown and Donovon Carries led the defensive effort with each recording a sack as Lakeview totaled five sacks.

“Those guys had great nights tonight with multiple big stops, and our whole defense did what it needed to do,” said Lakeview coach Brandon Helms. “Montgomery is a well-coached team, and we had to match their intensity coming in.

“We did that and more, and I’m proud of how these guys bounced back from a loss last week (to D’Arbonne Woods Charter).

Dillon Pikes, who missed Week 1 with a neck injury, returned with much fanfare with a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown to pair with his rushing score.

“That’s a big help to get (Pikes) back because of what he can do patrolling the secondary,” Helms said. “Overall we just had better attention to detail and better tackling.”

The Gators struck from all over the field as Kaleb Collins and CJ Jones scored on runs of 55 and 34 yards, respectively.

Lamarrion Rushing added a 12-yard touchdown run as the Gators relied on their explosive ground game.

Pikes wasn’t the only defender who recorded points – Jerelle Palmer recorded a sack for a safety to light up the scoreboard.

Kicker Holtz Helms tacked on an extra point as Lakeview’s special teams got in the scoring mix.

The Gators, who have allowed just 23 points combined in their first two games, head to Northwood-Lena in Week 3.

Northwood-Lena (1-1) suffered a 49-6 loss against Elton in their last contest.

PHOTO: Kevin Shannahan, Journal Sports